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As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the National’s Alligator, it behooves us to discuss two persistent myths, both related to Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. The first one is truer, and it goes like this: Back in 2005, a promising Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati rock band released its third album and scheduled a tour… More »

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

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Stream The National Trouble Will Find Me

Hey, don’t click out of iTunes just yet! The National’s Trouble Will Find Me is streaming there, too, in advance of its release. Check out…
Claire Lobenfeld | May 13, 2013 - 5:45 pm
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Premature Evaluation: The National Trouble Will Find Me

At this point, six albums in, the National are practically a genre unto themselves. On Alligator, the first album that many of us noticed, they…
Tom Breihan | May 10, 2013 - 2:45 pm
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The National – “Sea Of Love” Video

The National's new album Trouble Will Find Me is only a couple of weeks away from release, and they've now dropped a video for one…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2013 - 12:32 pm
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Watch The National Play “Sorrow” For Six Hours

Last month, we learned that the National were planning a six-hour show, one that would consist entirely of one song -- "Sorrow," from High Violet
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2013 - 8:57 am
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Watch The National Play Fallon

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the National were the musical guests, and they used the opportunity to play a couple of new…
Tom Breihan | April 26, 2013 - 8:52 am
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The National Will Play “Sorrow” For 6 Hours At MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1, the Queens outpost of the famed NYC modern art museum, will feature a six-hour long performance of the High Violet track "Sorrow" by…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 24, 2013 - 2:12 pm
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Watch The National’s Mistaken For Strangers Documentary Trailer

Awaiting Trouble Will Find Me has sent us into a well-deserved National frenzy. We have already heard two singles off the forthcoming album, one of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 15, 2013 - 12:16 pm
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The National – “Don’t Swallow The Cap”

The National's feverishly anticipated new album Trouble Will Find Me comes out next month, and you guys sure seemed to like the first single "Demons."…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2013 - 12:05 pm
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The 10 Best National Songs

For many people who listen to the National, and by guitarist Aaron Dessner's own admission, the band's career started in 2007. "When we were i…
Harley Brown | April 10, 2013 - 1:33 pm
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The National – “Demons”

The National have announced the existence (and the extensive guest list) of Trouble Will Find Me, their new album, and they've played a bunch of…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2013 - 8:43 am
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Watch The National Debut “Heavenfaced,” “Fireproof,” “Graceless” In Berlin

Trouble Will Find Me, the new album from the National, is just a month and a half away from release, and we have yet to…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2013 - 12:53 pm
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National’s Trouble To Feature Sufjan, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten

The National's sixth full-length album, Trouble Will Find Me, is due out on May 21st via 4AD. It's their first album since 2010's High Violet.
Liz Pelly | March 23, 2013 - 3:35 pm
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The National Trouble Will Find Me Details

The National make brooding, big-tent indie rock better than just about any band on the face of the planet, and they've just announced the impending…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2013 - 9:43 am
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Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different…
Scott Lapatine | December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm
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Watch The National Play New Songs “Lola,” “Sullivan” & “Prime” At ATP

This past weekend, the National curated and headlined their own ATP Festival in England, and during their set, they played four new songs. One of…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2012 - 10:17 am
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The National – “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (Isham Jones Cover)

Lately, the National seem to be intent on forcing their way into every show on our collective DVR. Earlier today, we posted their cover of…
Tom Breihan | November 19, 2012 - 1:18 pm
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Hear The National Cover Bob’s Burgers Thanksgiving Song

On this weekend's episode of Fox's Bob's Burgers -- probably the best among the recent crop of shows starring H. Jon Benjamin -- Bob's wife…
Corban Goble | November 19, 2012 - 9:28 am
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The National – “The Rains Of Castamere”

The only time I can remember anyone actually listening to music on Game Of Thrones was when (spoiler) that little asshole King Joffrey had a…
Tom Breihan | May 25, 2012 - 8:52 am
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The National Soundtrack And Speak On An iPad App

The National recently contributed to a new, interactive storybook iPad app called Dragon Brush, where lead singer Matt Berninger handles the narration of the story…
Corban Goble | May 23, 2012 - 3:41 pm
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